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Women's Volleyball - Wed, Aug. 16, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After closing the 2016 season in the Final 16 Round at the National Tournament, Grand View claims the No. 10 ranking in the 2017 NAIA Women's Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. 

Defending conference champion, Grand View, was selected to defend its championship when the Heart of America Athletic Conference released the 2017 women's volleyball preseason picks. 

Grand View will begin their 2017 season over the weekend of August 18-19 at the Viterbo Invitational in La Crosse, WI. They will face Carroll College at 3:30 pm in their first match. Complete 2017 season schedule. The Vikings return all conference selections junior middle blocker Courtney Twit, senior outside hitter Erin Wenzel, and junior outside hitter Kelsey Redmond


Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):

-With all 20 first-place votes and 560 points, Hastings (Neb.) tallied its second No. 1 ranking in the Coache's Top 25 Preseason poll after claiming the red banner in 2016 in a five-set win over Great Plains Athletic Conference-rival Dordt (Iowa).

-Hastings (Neb.) returns a First Team All-American in senior Katie Placke as well as NAIA Libero of the Year senior Jill Bax. With the loss of First Team All-American Logan Drueppel, the Broncos look forward to incoming freshman such as Elise Baumann to help get the team back to the championship. The team opens the season in Denver, Colo., at the Johnson and Wales Tournament.

- No. 13 Northwestern (Iowa), No. 16 Cornerstone (Mich.) and No. 25 College of Idaho made the jump into the top 25. All three teams were receiving votes in the 2016 Coaches' Top 25 Postseason Poll.

-Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 with 49 total appearance. The last 21 consecutive appearances have been in the top five.

-There has only been one program that has been able to maintain the No. 1 ranking for an entire season, with Fresno Pacific (Calif.) accomplishing the feat in 2004, 2008 and 2009. 

Poll Methodology

-The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.

-The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.

-The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team's ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.

-Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered "receiving votes"

-Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.

-For the complete ratings calendar, click here.

11Hastings (Neb.) (20)33-3560
22Dordt (Iowa)28-8539
34Park (Mo.)36-4506
43Midland (Neb.)31-4505
55Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)35-2499
69Viterbo (Wis.)42-3463
77Westmont (Calif.)34-2442
88Columbia (Mo.)30-12439
916Corban (Ore.)25-8417
1010Grand View (Iowa)31-8406
116Eastern Oregon32-3381
1213Missouri Baptist21-11355
13RVNorthwestern (Iowa)18-17316
1415Montana Tech25-11285
1512Doane (Neb.)25-10270
16RVCornerstone (Mich.)32-9265
1720Jamestown (N.D.)26-14261
1817MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)28-9247
1922Georgetown (Ky.)28-11241
2023Bellevue (Neb.)32-12233
2119Indiana Wesleyan35-4220
2218Lourdes (Ohio)27-7182
2321Carroll (Mont.)24-8175
2425Madonna (Mich.)31-10108
25RVCollege of Idaho20-10100

Dropped from the rankings: Morningside (Iowa), Biola (Calif.) and Oklahoma City

Others receiving votes: Morningside (Iowa) 95, Union (Ky.) 75, Coastal Georgia 55, Ottawa (Kan.) 46, Texas Wesleyan 43, Northwest (Wash.) 34, Oklahoma City 30, Missouri Valley 27, St. Francis (Ill.) 26, IU Kokomo 25, Campbellsville (Ky.) 24, Marian (Ind.) 18, Mobile (Ala.) 3

W - Volleyball
Overall HAAC Streak
24-7 (.774) 15-0 (1.000) Won 4